First Race: Vuurschepen Race, 130NM
In only the second race since the Flyer was restored to its former glory, the crew and yacht were given a fitting send off for the Vuurschepen Race by Volvo Ocean skipper Simeon Tienpont. The goal of the race was clear; getting to know the boat in preparation for the Fastnet Race in August. A somewhat hesitant start meant we were the 45th boat in the fleet. Sailing close to the wind for the first few hours of the race allowed us to catch up with several boats in the fleet. However, a lull in the wind for the most part of the night allowed the lighter boats in the fleet to gain some distance. Early mornings on a direct course south of the windfarm the wind picked up again, and so did our speed. We were slashing our way through the field and managed to finish 19th in the line honours. Overall, a great race sailed in high spirits.